|Two of this season's fancied teams, Chris Parsonage Racing and Ugland Offshore Racing will be looking to kick-start their title challenges and put points on the board at next months Hypo Group Montenegrin Grand Prix in Budva. Both outfits were robbed of possible podium finishes at the season opener in Qatar - Negotiator crashing out on lap 17 and a technical problem ending Jotun's hopes five laps earlier.|
Negotiator is currently in Plymouth undergoing repairs, with team boss Chris Parsonage confirming that they are on schedule. "The damage to the back left side is not too bad - we have to cut out and replace a small section - but overall there is quite a lot of work and tidying up to do," he said. "We have to rewire the boat, clean and rebuild all the transmission, re-rig the cockpit and replace the hatches and air scoops. But we are on target."
Jotun is also undergoing a make-over and in the team's workshop in Fredrikstad in Norway, with driver-technician, Bjorge Jacobsen overseeing the work-load. "The time we have now is the perfect opportunity for us to upgrade certain areas of the boat and to make key modifications that will improve her overall performance," said team manager, Per Carsten Michelsen. "We are working on the hull and over the next few weeks will also be looking at modifications to the transmission, as well as completely rewiring the boat."